Just sampling is a series where I review products on a glance, meaning the products I tried from not-so-generous samples (lol!). Pretty much just reviewing on the surface.
Color Control Cream that creates a radiant and clear make-up appearance as if the skin is being spotlighted
Price: Kindly check your local counter or your trusty online shop, it differs by quite a lot.
I received this sample from Lolabox anniversary box (their April 2014 box). At first I thought it was just another flyer but the card it came with did include one sample, so I rummaged through the box to find the sample. Later on I realised it was attached to the flyer-look-alike. It’s integrated on the left handside of the flyer that can be torn apart.
I have no idea how much product this sample contains as I’ve thrown away the card it came with and there was no amount specified on the flyer either. I got 3 uses from this sample, so it must have contained about a measly 0.5 to 1 ml. This is why I hate sachet samples, but for base makeup it’s still tolerable as I don’t usually pile on too much base makeup. The CC stands for color control. Yeah yeah, now it’s the CC cream era, after BB cream. What’s next? DD cream? Just like BB cream, I don’t treat this as skincare product, but as a base or foundation which needs to be thoroughly double cleansed.
The shade I received was 02 Natural Beige. The swatch above somehow doesn’t fit how it looked like in real. I don’t know what went wrong, still investigating it. Anyway, despite the fine look of the shade, it was scarily orange. I was dead afraid to put it on my face but thankfully it blended well to match my skintone, albeit a tad too yellow. FYI, I have neutral skintone, very slightly yellow. I’m between MAC NC20-25, Deauville in NARS Sheer Glow. The texture was very light and easily blended that gives a semi-matte finish. The coverage is sheer at best, I still needed a few dab of concealer to cover my panda eyes. I set it with MAC MSF Natural very lightly and dust on some Guerlain Meteorites Teint Rose to balance out the yellow tone. Remember, a little goes a long way, the amount I used for my entire face was half of what shown in the picture above.
Lasting power was pretty fine, it stayed put for a good 8 hours. I noticed a little fading at the end of the day but mainly because I was sweating like a pig, friggin weather is roasting me alive. No oiliness, but again this maybe due to my skin condition. It has SPF30 PA++ which is pretty good, but I will still recommend a separate application of sunscreen. Furthermore, you might want to avoid wearing this when you’re having photos taken as the SPF translates into white cast in pictures.
The card I received from Lolabox didn’t state how much it’s priced at, but it’s The Face Shop so I’m gauging it’s on the affordable spectrum. I’ve come across some online shops that sell this at IDR 250.000 and some said the price at the official counter is around IDR 600.000-ish. I personally haven’t checked it out in person, so don’t take my word on it :P.
Overall it’s a pretty good base given you don’t have too many blemishes, just looking for something to even out your skintone. However it’s not something that I would repurchase as I still have bajillion bases waiting to be used in my drawer lol. For those who’re sensitive to silicone, you might want to score a sample of this before buying the full size.
Pros: light, semi-matte finish, easily blended
Cons: a tad too yellow, produces white cast on photography
Signing off for now. Anything just drop me a comment, or two, or as many as you like 😉